Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Pump not automatically self priming

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Location
    Denton, TX
    Posts
    2

    Pump not automatically self priming

    Hello all! I am new here...this is my first post.
    I have an in-ground pool. Recently, I had the impeller replaced because the pump quit working. At that time, the repairman notified me that I needed a different company to come and clear the lines because he could tell that I had a clog. I had another company come out. They used Co2 to clear the lines. I repeatedly asked them to verify that they cleared both directions. When they left, the pool was running fine. The next day when the timer shut off, HUGE air & water bubbles EXPLODED out of the two skimmer baskets next to the pool. That evening when the pool timer was set to come on, it would not prime. I called the pool company back they come out the next morning, got it primed and running fine. Following that, we actually had the pool running non-stop for a few days since it was hovering at or below freezing. Now that it has gone back above freezing and the pump shut off, same thing! Skimmer baskets blew up on both sides and pool pump won't prime on it's own. Any advise or ideas?

    In-Ground 14K gal Pool/Spa
    Pentair Triton II Commercial Sand Filter (Over Sized) Sand 2 YO
    AO Smith Centurion Switchless Motor
    Challenger 2 1/2 HP Self Priming Pump
    Raypak Heater
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. Back To Top    #2
    Mod Squad JohnT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    SW Indiana
    Posts
    9,377

    Re: Pump not automatically self priming

    Welcome to TFP!

    Your problem is an air leak someplace in the system. Air builds up in the filter and is compressed by the pump. When the pump shuts off. the air expands and pushes water out of the lines. The air leak also causes difficulty priming the pump.

    Though it could be something serious, check the easy stuff first. The pump strainer lid and drain both have O-rings. Check that the O-rings are in good shape, that they are lubed with pool lube and that the lid and drain plug are tight.

    A good troubleshooting trick is to look for places that spit a little water right as the pump shuts off. These are likely leak points.

    Finally, check out Pool School - Suction Side Air Leaks The leak is between the impeller of your pump and your pool. It's not a filter issue.
    TFP Moderator
    20K Gallon 20X36 Vinyl Inground
    Hayward S244T Sand Filter with 1HP Whisperflo Pump. Liquidator C-201 and Solar Heat

  3. Back To Top    #3

    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Location
    Denton, TX
    Posts
    2

    Re: Pump not automatically self priming

    Thanks John!
    I will go out and go over everything. I did notice that the 2nd company seems to have put plumbers tape around many of my fittings. Maybe something just didn't get put back together just right. We switched to Magic Lube on a friends recommendation last year and have had good success with that on our gaskets and seals so far. I'll watch what you suggested and go give everything a good coating. I'm glad to have found this group. Pool owner ship is fun ...until it's not!

  4. Back To Top    #4
    Mod Squad JohnT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    SW Indiana
    Posts
    9,377

    Re: Pump not automatically self priming

    Pool ownership is more fun when you have the combined knowledge of 150,000 other pool owners and operators to help you out!
    TFP Moderator
    20K Gallon 20X36 Vinyl Inground
    Hayward S244T Sand Filter with 1HP Whisperflo Pump. Liquidator C-201 and Solar Heat

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •